New Teens of Distinction at Takoma Park

Takoma Park Library

New Teens of Distinction at Takoma Park

Teen Reviews The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

We have two excellent teen workers who joined our branch in November.  They are part of the Teens of Distinction program, which employs exceptional teens throughout our library system.  Anika Rice and Miranta Clark are both seniors at local high schools. These two come to work at the library eager to do any tasks we put to them!
Periodically, they will be reviewing teen books on the website.  This week, Anika reviewed The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  This title has been getting a lot of attention across the nation.  Look for it and the second book in the trilogy, Catching Fire, @ your library.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Reviewed by Anika Rice


            In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her sister’s place in the deadliest event in the country.  Set in future North America, Panem is a capitalistic, oppressive nation.  The Hunger Games involve twenty-four teenagers fighting for victory by killing each other.  It can barely be classified as a game, for it is the government’s way of reminding the people that they cannot revolt. 


            As a participant of the Hunger Games, Katniss is left to her own devices to survive in the wilderness – and escape the attempts of her opponents to kill her.  As a few of her companions become friends, it is clear to her that she cannot save herself without saving them.  As she encounters killer wasps, comfortable alliances, ruthless opponents, confusing public relations, and a twisted love situation, Katniss focuses on her game strategy for the sake of returning home safely to her family.  Will she be able to do everything and anything necessary to save herself?